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Nov 29, 2013 1:30pm EST
are honored to have present as well. steve grossman, treasurer of the commonwealth. and would other male elected officials stand in support of the cause of women in politics. [applause] tonight's event was sparked by a milestone in women's political activism. 175 years ago, right here in boston, angelina grimke, a white southerner from charleston, south carolina became the first american woman to address a legislative body. tonight, we are honored to have her great great grandson, mark mason here with us. please give him applause. [applause] angelina grimke's purpose was to present petitions bearing the signatures of 20,000 massachusetts women. black and white, to a joint committee of the general court. the petitioner sought to have congress and slavery in the district of convio but before angelina grimke spoke about the issue of slavery, she knew she had to address the elephant in the room. the fact that she was a woman giving a speech to group of elected officials, not to mention her other audience, all the men and women who had crowded into the house chamber. hers was a radical act in
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